Omnicell of California has made a recent debut of its new Mobile Medication System to aid hospitals in patient medication delivery. Traditional methods require nurses to transport medications from locket cabinets on the floor to each patient’s room. The new system will keep medications in a mobile cart in locked cabinets to streamline the handling process.
The cart will move from room to room and as the nurse scans the patient’s wrist band the designated drawer that contains the appropriate medication will open. The goal is to reduce the possibility of mistakes or delays in medication handling that sometimes occur when nurses carry meds in pockets or in cups from one room to the next.
In addition to the scanning and delivery systems, the cart also employs software designed to help pharmacists reconcile dispensed medications. The system is currently being tested in two hospitals and should be available late in the summer.